KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE OF CHILD BEARING AGE WOMEN TOWARD ANTENATAL CARE

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Chapter one/Introduction

Antenatal care is an important component of maternal and child healthcare. It involves the care that is given to a pregnant woman before delivery to ensure the health of both the mother and the developing fetus. The knowledge and attitude of childbearing age women towards antenatal care are crucial for the success of antenatal care programs.

Research has shown that the level of knowledge and attitude of childbearing age women towards antenatal care varies depending on several factors such as education, socio-economic status, cultural beliefs, and access to healthcare services. Women who are educated, have a higher socio-economic status, and have access to healthcare services are more likely to have a positive attitude towards antenatal care and seek early and regular antenatal care.

In addition, women who have knowledge about the importance of antenatal care are more likely to seek early and regular antenatal care. They understand that antenatal care helps to detect and manage potential complications during pregnancy, reduces the risk of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity, and promotes healthy pregnancy outcomes.

Therefore, it is important to educate childbearing age women about the importance of antenatal care and its benefits. This can be done through community health education programs, media campaigns, and outreach programs that promote antenatal care services. Improving access to antenatal care services and reducing barriers to accessing these services can also improve the knowledge and attitude of childbearing age women towards antenatal care.